Maya Jayapal is a teacher, writer, columnist, and counselor residing in Bangalore. Born in Chennai, she studied in Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, and in Ethiraj College, Chennai. She obtained her Masters in English Literature from Presidency College, Chennai. She has traveled widely, both within and outside India, and has spent twenty-four years in Jakarta and Singapore. In 1993, she returned to India and settled in Bangalore. She has authored two other books on Singapore and Jakarta. Her books are a result of her abiding interest to know more about the places where she lives and to communicate and share that awareness and information with others. She is a regular contributor to The Hindu, Deccan Herald, and other newspapers and magazines.